As part of our mini Sussex / Kent road trip we stopped off at Dungeness. It’s an interesting mix. It’s officially classified as a desert; designated as a national nature reserve and it is home to a nuclear power station. In more recent years though, it’s landscape has become popular setting for unique architecture.
If I’m being honest, Dungeness first came to my attention whilst watching an episode of Grand Designs. I was amazed at just how desolate it looked! Seeing it with my own two eyes (and not being restricted to the 16:9 ratio my television offered) it didn’t disappoint. It really did look post-apocalyptic. I mean If I woke up here alone with a hang over, I would probably fear the worse has just happened.
It was very surreal seeing new sleek builds paired with dilapidated huts and boats no longer fit for the sea. The land is very flat and baron but for the occasional lighthouse to break it up.
Unfortunately we did not get to stop off at the nature reserve but I did love the unique landscape we briefly took in. In particular the different types of plants that poke up through the large expanses of shingle. Such lovely colours. In fact, a third of Britain’s plant species can be found here.
We would definitely love to come back to Dungeness, in particular to the nature reserve. We’d also love to go on a long walk around it. A lot of access around Dungeness is restricted due to its level of protection. When we return we will make sure we are better prepared to follow walking routes!
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